Video: Denon X-series A/V receivers
A great place to start when you build a home theatre
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No matter what kind of home theater you're planning, Denon's X-series of receivers can make it look and sound like a movie theater. They support 4K video, HDR, and surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos. They're plenty powerful enough for your favorite speakers, and they make it easy to stream music from a smartphone or tablet. Take a look at the whole line in this short video.
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Denon's X-Series AV Receivers are a great foundation for any home theater. In this video, we're going to break down the similarities and differences in the X-Series lineup, so that you can choose the best receiver for your system.
The entire line has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple Airplay as well as a front panel HDMI input, USB input, and a full-size headphone jack. They all support 4K video, HDR, and surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which use overhead speakers to create a more immersive listening experience.
The AVR-X1300W is the starting point in Denon's X-Series lineup. This 7.2-channel receiver is rated at 80-watts per channel and supports up to 2 zones of audio. The X1300W also has a total of 6 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.
Next up is the AVR-X2300W 7.2-channel receiver. The power output is increased to 95 watts per channel, and you get a total of 8 HDMI inputs and 2 parallel HDMI outputs. This means you can send one video signal to two separate TVs. For example, you could be watching the game in the living room, while friends and family are watching the same game in the basement.
When you step up to the AVR-X3300W, the power output increases to 105 watts per channel. HDMI inputs remain the same at 8, but the 'X3300W has 2 discrete HDMI outputs. This allows you to send 2 different video sources to separate TVs or monitors. Maybe you want to watch a Blu-ray downstairs, while someone else streams Netflix upstairs, well the X3300W's discrete HDMI outputs make this possible. It also adds 7.2 channel preamp outputs so you have the option of connecting separate power amplifiers.
The next step in the X-series lineup is the AVR-X4300H. This 9.2-channel receiver is rated at 125 watts per channel. It's the first in the lineup to feature a phono input for connecting a turntable. This receiver can run up to 3 audio zones and it adds a 3rd HDMI output - two of the HDMI outputs are parallel and the third is a discrete zone 2 for video. The X4300H also has HEOS integration built right in, so it can become part of your HEOS wireless multi-room audio system.
The final X-series model is the AVR-X6300H. This 11.2-channel receiver improves on the X4300H by adding 2 channels and providing even more power. The X6300H is rated at 140 watts per channel, so it's a great solution for power-hungry speakers. The extra channels of amplification also provide more flexibility for adding height speakers, bi-amping your main speakers, or powering separate zones.
We're big fans of the Denon X-Series, and I hope this video helps you pick the right receiver for your system. If you have any questions, just give Crutchfield a call.